During most races support, crews are
stationed every 100 miles or so. When
you are pre-running, there is no support, so you have to be self-sufficient
to survive. We built and equipped this
machine to get through anything.
All of our drivers in the machine are now
equipped with Arai XD4 helmets. They
were originally designed for dual-sport
motorcycle riders, but work well inside
a UTV, especially when wired up with an
intercom system like the one we used
from Rugged Radios.
With each of our $540 Arai XD4 helmets wired with speakers and a microphone, we could have crystal-clear
conversations all day. This helmet has
a large 3/4-inch gap between the top
of the helmet and visor, so the visor
doesn’t catch a lot of wind.
The intercom system is an open-mic
setup or can be set to voice-activated,
so all you have to do is talk; there are
no buttons to push. Each helmet had a
separate $99 helmet kit that includes
two speakers and one microphone
attached with Velcro and a hot glue
To keep in contact with our chase
truck, we paired a Vertex 2200, 50-watt
where to go fast and where to watch
out. Proper use of a GPS can take
minutes off your overall times, as well
as keep you from getting lost.
Also in the cabin, we equipped
every door with a Pro Armor kneepad pocket set. Each $100 set has one
kneepad and one zippered pocket
to hold items like toilet paper, flashlights, tape, zip-ties and tire plugs.
If we do have to repair a tire on the
trail, it can be easily aired up using a
$159 20-ounce Power Tank CO2 bottle
called the Power Shot Trigger System.
Each full bottle can fill up a 30-inch
tire about 10 times to 10 psi. Fill-up
time is about 5 seconds. The bottle,
as well as two Assault Industries fire
extinguishers, is attached to the rear
roll cage with quick-release mounts.
During the course of pre-running,
it’s imperative to discuss the terrain
between the driver and passengers.
They need to talk over line choices,
speeds to hit certain sections and things
to mark on the GPS. So to do this, we
installed a complete communications
setup from Rugged Radios. To link all
passengers together, we installed a
$909 RRP660 four-place intercom kit.